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Sarita Devi refused her boxing bronze medal: All you need to know

By Reetu

Sarita Devi
India's boxer Sarita Devi refused to accept her bronze medal at Asian Games 2014.

Why did Sarita Devi refuse to accept her medal?

  • The opening round of the semifinal was a 50-50 affair but later on things changed as the game further proceeded.
  • The Korean competitor started holding more and took more of a battering from Sarita.
  • Later, Sarita unleashed a series of hooks and jabs forcing the referee to break the bout twice.
  • During the one-sided fight, Sarita simply pummelled her rival with her flurry of quicksilver blows - at times raining four to her rival's one.
  • Her punches were connecting and the Korean was clearly hurt.
  • But the referee refused to give the Korean the count.
  • And at the end of the fourth round, the referee eventually raised Park's hand as the winner.
  • Sarita was clearly the better of the two pugilists but the judges thought otherwise.
  • Sarita Devi was shocked and stepped out of the ring without saying anything.
  • Sarita appeared to be a clear winner in the bout, dominating the proceedings in such a way that Park barely managed to stand the assault.
  • The verdict of the judges prompted her to lodge a protest. However, the appeal was rejected.

What happened at the prize giving ceremony?

  • After losing the appeal against the judges' decision Sarita tearfully made her way to the medal ceremony.
  • Crying bitterly on the podium, Sarita first refused to wear the medal before handing it over to Park.
  • Then she shared an emotional hug with the home boxer.
  • Sarita, the former Asian and world champion after hugging Park left the ceremony.

What did Sarita say?

  • "They could have just told me that she will win at any cost. I would not have turned up for the fight," Sarita Devi said after the match.
  • "I know that the decision cannot be reversed now. But I request all those who run the sport to ensure that such a thing does not happen again. Please don't play with the career of players who work so hard," she added.

She is not alone there are more in the list

  • This is not the only case in the 2014 Asian games.
  • Another Indian boxer, L Devendro Singh (49kg)also faced the same situation with his South Korean competitor.
  • A similar fate awaited Mongolian boxer Tugstsogt Nyambayar against Korea's Sangmyeong Ham in Men's Bantam weight quarterfinal.
  • Both Mongolia and India protested against the decision, but seemed to have happened in all the cases.

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